Finding Sweet Pea
From the SPA
By Austin Starr
I have always been a sucker for a pair of baby blues, so when I saw Charlie’s online at the SPA’s website, I noticed. I kept checking the site, and there he was, week after week. In the life story bit, it seemed as if he could commit to a long-term relationship; it just hadn’t worked out. And who doesn’t have a couple of those, right? Oh, those eyes had me hooked. I had to meet this guy. And I did. He was even better in person.
OK, I admit it. I stalked him at the SPA, tracking his every move. He was wary and elusive. After he hissed at me three times with bared teeth, I knew it was time to move on. Now what? My dreamy guy turned into a nightmare! The helpful SPA cat volunteers showed me all sorts of alternatives, but nothing clicked. I turned down the idea of a kitten (visions of shredded furniture) but succumbed and found myself in the kitten area, which is even more toe-curlingly cute than you’d imagine—a nursery full of tumbling, meowing, hiding, pouncing, licking, and snoozing kittens. Suddenly, a tiny grey-striped tabby climbed into my lap, big ears like a lynx and even bigger green eyes with that inimitable cat eye slant thing working. The volunteers told me that this little female named Dulce was born May 15, which I happen to know is Andy Pettitte’s birthday. How great is that? Then—and this is the closer—she gets up on her hind legs, her front paws on my shoulder, takes a sniff, and bats at the pendant I wear (the NY Yankees logo) with her tiny paws, and I just know she’s saying, “Hey, I like baseball, too.” She got me there. So, I fill out some paperwork, fork over some pesos (400) and walk away with a kitten in a striped bag, and life’s been so much more entertaining since. It hasn’t worked out real well for my sofa, but for Sweet Pea (newly named) and me it’s been—just have to do this—Purrrrfect! That’s life. You never know. When you go looking for one thing, you might walk away with something even better!
Please visit the SPA (Monday–Saturday, 11–2, Los Pinos 7, 152 6124) and find your Sweet Pea (or Charlie, or maybe it’s Scylla, Trinidad, or Picasso). While you’re there, donate to the Pet Food Money Bank to help the SPA feed their animals. Please see http://www.spasanmiguel.org/how-you-can-help/pet-food-money-bank/ or contact us at info.spasanmiguel.org for details.